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Near Covington in Alleghany County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery

 
 
Oakland Presbyterian Church And Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
1. Oakland Presbyterian Church And Cemetery Marker
Inscription.
Jackson River Station

Around 1857, the Virginia Central Railroad completed the Jackson River Depot and was the terminus of the railroad for trains and travelers heading west. Travelers had to continue their travels by horseback or stagecoach. They often stayed in the Jackson River Hotel that was located just across the road from the church. The station was also called “Flat Boat Warf” because batteaux boats would bring items needing to go east to the station for shipment on the railroad. The depot was located approximately 200 feet to the east of the church. During the Civil War, the Jackson River Station was an important point in transporting troops from Richmond to the west.

Changes to the River and Road

The Jackson River and the Lexington - Covington Turnpike curved itís way along the north side or front of the church. In 1922, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad made major improvements to the railyards. In order to enlarge the yard, they diverted the Jackson River to a channel further north and relocated the main rail line from the south side of the church to the north side. The main road was relocated to the south side of the church on the old railbed.

Preservation Project

In 2000, a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation was
Oakland Presbyterian Church (east side) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 18, 2011
2. Oakland Presbyterian Church (east side)
acquired by Alleghany County for the preservation of the Oakland Presbyterian Church and cemetery, the Low Moor Presbyterian Church, Kim-Stan advisory board, CSX Transportation, and many area businesses and individuals contributed to the preservation of the church and cemetery. Preservation of the church was completed in 2007.
 
Location. 37° 48.117′ N, 79° 51.593′ W. Marker is near Covington, Virginia, in Alleghany County. Marker can be reached from Selma Low Moor Road (Virginia Route 696) 0.2 miles west of Oakland Drive (Virginia Route 1002), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Covington VA 24426, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Low Moor Iron Company Coke Ovens (approx. 1.5 miles away); Douthat State Park (approx. 4 miles away); Fort Breckenridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Falling Spring Falls (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Road to the Kanawha (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Covington.
 
Also see . . .  Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on August 22, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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